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by Wayfarer
Sat Jan 11, 2020 1:19 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: A simplistic statement
Replies: 12
Views: 450

Re: A simplistic statement

There are similar sayings in many spiritual traditions. I think it's true but that in practice it requires great discipline and sacrifice. Buddhism originated as a renunciate movement, whereas many of us who encounter it through books and teachings are regular people with possessions, attachments an...
by Wayfarer
Wed Jan 01, 2020 4:38 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: New Years Dharma Practice Pledge
Replies: 2
Views: 140

Re: New Years Dharma Practice Pledge

In 2018 I pledged to sit every day of that year. I mostly kept it, except for some disruption during overseas travel, when it is very hard to maintain any kind of routine. That was part of a pledge organised by Ven. Meido that required keeping and sending a log, which in hindsight was an invaluable ...
by Wayfarer
Thu Dec 26, 2019 6:17 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Food Coma, anyone?
Replies: 9
Views: 468

Re: Food Coma, anyone?

We all had a pretty modest Christmas lunch - a couple of chickens, and some salads. I tried to cook a whole large fish but it was a disaster (hint: don't experiment with cooking on Christmas day.) But there seemed to be enough for everyone. Definitely no food coma.
by Wayfarer
Thu Dec 26, 2019 12:56 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Elon Musk vimana to Mars
Replies: 33
Views: 912

Re: Elon Musk vimana to Mars

I don't believe a meaningful colony will ever be built on Mars. Sure I can see some form of habitation, but it will only ever sustain a very small number of specialist scientists, like the international space station. I think, as I said, space travel is the fantasy of the modern world. The ancients ...
by Wayfarer
Wed Dec 25, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Elon Musk vimana to Mars
Replies: 33
Views: 912

Re: Elon Musk vimana to Mars

all that said, I'm an Elon Musk fan. People like that invent things which can help everyone. I'm a huge admirer of what he's done with Telstra, and he laid it all on the line for that project; he bet everything he had on it, and might have failed, but hasn't. So I don't want to diss progress or the ...
by Wayfarer
Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Elon Musk vimana to Mars
Replies: 33
Views: 912

Re: Elon Musk vimana to Mars

I'm a total sceptic with regards to humans living anywhere other than Earth. We're never going to 'colonize space', the distances are simply too enormous, and the human body is uniquely adapted to living on earth. We have precisely one, and only one, spaceship, and it's overheating and overcrowded. ...
by Wayfarer
Tue Dec 24, 2019 3:10 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Ram Dass Died
Replies: 42
Views: 1758

Re: Ram Dass Died

He was a dharma-gate for sure, but I’ve begun to think that the spiritual path is not nearly so free and easy and do-what-you-like as that movement portrayed it. I think traditional Buddhists would be pretty shocked by a lot of what went on but were probably insufficiently worldly-wise to even guess...
by Wayfarer
Sun Dec 15, 2019 4:33 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Trump Impeachment
Replies: 90
Views: 4965

Re: Trump Impeachment

Trump has always hugely disappointing, in fact just when you think he can't do something worse, he will find something worse, and do it. But there's something even more disappointing than Trump, it's the Republicans supine obedience to his will, which they put above and before their constitutional d...
by Wayfarer
Fri Dec 13, 2019 5:54 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Early Madhyamaka
Replies: 86
Views: 1814

Re: Early Madhyamaka

...a bias which would only be intelligible to another Tibetan.....
by Wayfarer
Fri Dec 13, 2019 1:53 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Early Madhyamaka
Replies: 86
Views: 1814

Re: Early Madhyamaka

The Two Truths teaching is basic to Nagarjuna and early Madhyamika. Where it becomes really hard to follow is in later Tibetan scholasticism, mainly the Prasangkika vs Svatantrika debate. That is really arcane and scholastic and hard to follow. And then over history the original two-truths idea fell...
by Wayfarer
Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Origin of mahayana
Replies: 36
Views: 1257

Re: Origin of mahayana

We discussed it here at the time.
by Wayfarer
Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Origin of mahayana
Replies: 36
Views: 1257

Re: Origin of mahayana

Yes would have been surprised if it was Williams, he famously converted to Catholicism about 10 years ago and cut all ties. Book details here.
by Wayfarer
Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 54
Views: 2698

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

This week's dharma talk was, I feel, very much directed at me (which is not a bad bet, as there's usually only one other attendee apart from myself). It was a talk about how many Westerners are attracted to Buddhism because of meditation. This is because meditation is said to 'relieve stress' or hel...
by Wayfarer
Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Wisdom Academy - Moved from Tibetan Forum
Replies: 64
Views: 3261

Re: Wisdom Academy - Moved from Tibetan Forum

I can access it, and I've signed up at base level.
by Wayfarer
Sat Dec 07, 2019 4:42 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Origin of mahayana
Replies: 36
Views: 1257

Re: Origin of mahayana

Mujo1127 wrote:
Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:32 pm
What is the origin of Mahayana Tradition?
Here you go.
by Wayfarer
Sat Dec 07, 2019 1:54 am
Forum: Discovering Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Origin of mahayana
Replies: 36
Views: 1257

Re: Origin of mahayana

But the early teachings were first recorded in Pali. This is actually dubious. There are very early Gandharan birch-bark scripts which are neither Pali nor Sanskrit. I studied this under Mark Allon, who is one of Richard Saloman's colleagues. Have a read of Whose Buddhism is Truest ?, Linda Heumann.
by Wayfarer
Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: There is no Vajrayana without renuciation
Replies: 168
Views: 5474

Re: There is no Vajrayana without renuciation

I think renunciation is bloody tough, and that this is an inconvenient truth. Renouncing is giving stuff up, giving it away. About the only thing I have ever managed to renounce is cigarettes. I’m no longer a young man and it seems to me there’s much more that could be renounced. (Ouch!) It’s true t...
by Wayfarer
Fri Dec 06, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: It is supposed to be simple and easy
Replies: 5
Views: 483

Re: It is supposed to be simple and easy

In other words, “when the mind is purified and desire is quietened”. Easy to say but difficult to realize.
by Wayfarer
Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Wat Buddha Dhamma damaged by bushfires
Replies: 1
Views: 194

Wat Buddha Dhamma damaged by bushfires

The East coast of Australia is having a dreadful and very early bushfire season (as was predicted 15 years ago in forecasts of "possible consequences of climate change"). Sadly, it appears one of the casualties is Wat Buddha Dhamma, a rural forest monastery set up by Phra Khantipalo (Lawrence Mills)...
by Wayfarer
Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Chan
Topic: A New Title of Interest to Ch'an students
Replies: 0
Views: 326

A New Title of Interest to Ch'an students

https://d1ldy8a769gy68.cloudfront.net/180/978/173/331/430/5/9781733314305.jpg Exploring Ch'an: An Introduction to the Religious and Mystical Tradition of Chinese Buddhism , by Chuan Zhi. 'A sweeping history of Chinese Buddhism that includes personal reflections on meditation and practical instructi...

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